The Story of a Quail

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Rachel96, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Rachel96

    Rachel96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Originally entitled, "L'histoire d'une caille". I had to write this in French class but I thought I'd post it because it's talking about MY quail (okay, it could be any quail). The word limit was 80 (just a short exercise in tenses, apparently). The word count in my French version is about 106. And I finished it early, hence why there's a German translation. And there are pictures at the bottom. Anyway...

    L'histoire d'une caille.
    Il y avait un oeuf. Il s'asseyait dans la paille, et deux grandes mains a ramassait l'oeuf. Puis, les grandes mains a mis l'oeuf dans une chambre très chaud et très humide. Et là il s'asseyait, pendant beaucoup des jours.

    Àpres dix-sept jours l'oeuf a changé, et une petit caille est née. Au début, la pépée était très petit et faible, mais àpres quinze minutes elle se promennait.

    La petit pépée grandissait plus en plus grande, jusqu'a àpres deux semaines, elle avait beaucoup des plumes, et àpres un mois et demie, elle était aussi grande qu'une adulte caille et elle ressemblait les autres cailles.

    Le fin.

    A Rough Translation (German).
    Eine schönes, sonniges Tage, es gibt ein Ei. Es sass in dem Stroh, und zwei grossen Händen kommte und setzen das Ei in eine Zimmer sehr heiss und sehr feucht. Und da sass er viele Tag lang.

    Nach siebzehn Tage das Ei hat genackt, und aus kommt eine kleine Wachteln. Zuerst war das Küken sehr klein und sehr niedrig, aber nach fünfzehn Minuten, zie laufen kann.

    Das kleine Küken wurde immer gross, bis nach zwei Woche, sie hatte viele Federn, und nach eine Monat und halbe, sie war so gross wie eine erwachsene Wachteln.

    Ende.

    A Rough Translation (English).
    Once upon a time, there was an egg. It lay on the straw, and two big hands picked it up and took it to a very warm and humid room. And there it lay for many days.

    After seventeen days the egg cracked upen, and a tiny quail hatched. At first, the chick was very small and weak, but after fifteen minutes, she was able to walk.

    The little chick grew bigger and bigger, until after two weeks, she had lots of feathers, and after a month and a half, she was as big as the adult quails.

    The end.

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    This is the same quail at about fifteen minutes of age and at two and a half weeks.

    If anyone speaks French or German, please let me know if there are any glaring errors.

    My explanation for this is that I have baby quail at the moment and I'm absolutely amazed at how fast they grow! So when my teacher tells us to write a short story of an imaginary character from birth to death, what do I do? Okay, so she didn't die, ahd she's not really imaginary, but she was 'born'...

    from Rachel.
     
  2. Wolftalk

    Wolftalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry I take spanish, but it sounds good to me! Your little quail is adorable!
     
  3. Rachel96

    Rachel96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I've no doubt I've missed a whole lot of adjectival agreements, and then there's the whole German genders and cases thing to worry about... but that translation was just for fun. I guess not many people are going to read this, but I had this strange desire to show someone... and since it's about a quail... which is sort of like a chicken...

    Hey, how long have you been learning/speaking Spanish? I've just started it at the beginning of this year (just finished first term, which is ten weeks, so I don't know much yet. I can count to thirty and introduce myself, though!). And no, I'm not crazy like everyone says I am. Which I guess it to be expected when you speak or learn five languages and have lots of chickens and quail.

    By the way, Spanish and French are almost identical I think. Well, not quite. Could you understand the French? Just curious, because I seem to be understanding a rediculous amount of the basic Spanish we're learning. I also keep switching to French in the middle of a lesson by accident, which isn't good as my teacher (who also teaches French, but not my class) tells me off for it.

    Well, thanks for replying. I honestly didn't expect anyone to.
    from Rachel.
     
  4. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your quail is so cute! What kind is it? Coturnix?
     
  5. Rachel96

    Rachel96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I'm reasonably certain it is. I'm not so good with quails - I've only just started keeping them! I know more about chickens!
     
  6. Scooter&Suzie

    Scooter&Suzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you like them as much as your chickens? I love the pictures! [​IMG]
     
  7. Rachel96

    Rachel96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I fluctuate. On days when my rooster won't stop crowing and the chickens decide to run away from me and I have baby quail chicks, I prefer the quails. But then there are some days when I have cute little chicks and my grown chickens are all behaving but Quincy (my guy quail) is wrecking havok with the girl quails, and I prefer the chickens. So I have no idea. From what I've just written, I guess it generally goes on which chicks I have at any given time... I'm so fickle!
     

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